Our objective is to help corporations maximize the effectiveness of their relocation policy. This means promoting high level services while cutting costs and minimizing disruption for the company and employees.
Through effective evaluation, design and implementation of relocation policy, we ensure successful supplier partnerships.
As an extension of corporate management, we want to help corporations reach their goals by sharing our top-level expertise.
- Relocation Program Effectiveness
- Employee Satisfaction
- Service Delivery
- Relocation Costs
- Employee Disruption
- Program Administration
- Financial Risk
Linda Ward O’Farrell
Managing Partner, CHRP, SCERP, CGMP
Linda Ward O’Farrell is the founder of Ward O’Farrell Consultants Inc., providing innovative mobility management solutions to corporations. Linda has over 25 years experience in the field. She manages a team of professionals who benchmark, analyze, design and implement relocation policies, and assist clients in their supplier management through the preparation of RFPs and service quality surveys.
Prior to launching this consulting firm, Linda was Director Human Resources Services for Canadian Pacific Railway and managed one of the largest group moves in Canada. As well, with a team of seasoned and young professionals, Linda has designed and launched Designmymove.com, an exciting new site to help anyone who is buying or selling real estate, renting or moving. She has published many articles on relocation issues and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and seminars.
Linda is fluently bilingual and has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from Université Laval. Linda is an active member of CERC (Canadian Employee Relocation Council), has served on the Board of Directors in a variety of positions, including as Chairperson.
Linda received the Senior CERP professional designation from CERC and was awarded the CERC President’s Award in 2005 for her outstanding contribution to the relocation industry. She is also a member of the Human Resources Professional Association and holds the designation of Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).
As Managing Partner with Ward O’Farrell Consultants Inc. since 2004, John O’Brien has conducted policy benchmarking studies, written and managed Request for Proposals processes for corporations, assisting clients in sourcing both relocation policy and moving service providers.
John has over 20 years experience within the transportation industry, including operations management, client relations, training & development, quality improvement, government relations, and sales & account development.
Prior to joining Ward O’Farrell Consultants, John was on the executive team as Vice President of two Van Lines in Canada. John has held strategic positions with several moving companies and contributed to the success of three of the four major Van Lines servicing North America.
His depth of expertise and proven ability to champion strategic initiatives has resulted in significantly reducing moving costs for corporations, increasing the efficiency of critical processes, and enhancing the value of clients’ alliances with suppliers.
John holds an Accounting and Financial Management Diploma from Centennial College, has written articles on relocation policy and moving issues, and has been actively involved in several industry associations.
Médecins Sans Frontières
At the annual CERC Conference, a total of $15,700 was raised for MSF (Doctors Without Borders)2018
West Island Palliative Care Residence
Linda Ward O’Farrell is named to the West Island Palliative Care Residence Foundation Board2016
Sue Ryan Memorial Award
Awarded to Linda Ward O’Farrell in memory of Sue Ryan’s commitment to service quality and to community through volunteerism2014
Médecins Sans Frontières
John O’Brien and Linda Ward O’Farrell helped raise over $150,000 to date for MSF (Doctors Without Borders) in collaboration with the CERC Global Awareness Committee.2006 - 2013
To Linda Ward O’Farrell2012
West Island Palliative Care Residence Fashion Show
Linda Ward O’Farrell participated in the fashion show for this wonderful cause.2009, 2010 & 2011
Distinguished Service Award to Linda Ward O’Farrell
In recognition of outstanding contribution to CERC2010
The Ride to Conquer Cancer
John O’Brien and Linda Ward O’Farrell successfully completed the 288km bicycle rides from Montreal to Quebec City two years in a row and were instrumental in personally raising over $16,000 and helping their team raise over $35,000 for cancer research and care.2009 & 2010
SCERP to Linda Ward O’Farrell
In recognition of passing the 3 levels of the CERC Professional Development training and having contributed significantly to the relocation industry over many years2010
Meritorious Service Award to Linda Ward O’Farrell
In recognition of voluntary service to CERC2006
Meritorious Service Award to John O’Brien
In recognition of voluntary service to CERC2009
President’s Award to Linda Ward O’Farrell
For outstanding contribution to CERC and the relocation industry2005
CERC Editorial Award to Linda Ward O’Farrell
In recognition of her CERC News article “Not All Surveys Are Created Equal”1998